HC Deb 25 October 2001 vol 373 c369W
Chris Grayling

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement about the health and safety implications of the storage of diesel on domestic premises. [8339]

Dr. Whitehead

I have been asked to reply.

Diesel is not a significant fire risk in its own right but would add fuel to any fire which started in other combustible material.

The storage of diesel on domestic premises is not currently covered by specific health and safety legislation. However, some restrictions are placed on fuel storage spaces in the Building Regulations and (in Scotland) in the Building Standards.

The Health and Safety Executive is currently reviewing the Petroleum (Consolidation) Act 1928, which controls storage of petrol. It expects to carry out the third and final phase of this review next year, to look at domestic storage of petrol and consider whether in future other vehicle fuels, such as diesel should he covered by safety controls for domestic premises.

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